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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
On Wednesday, during his news conference to explain the firing of general manager Peter Chiarelli, Jacobs positioned the bar as high as it gets.
“I said that for us not to make the playoffs would have been a failure,” Jacobs said, referring to his January declaration. “So here we are, out. I want to clarify my comment about the playoffs. The expectation is for us not only to get into the playoffs, but to play and compete for the Stanley Cup, not just to get in.”
In some ways, Jacobs could say nothing else. These are the big words of every executive in his position. The Cup is a yearly pursuit, and rightfully so. If any organization targets lesser goals, it is doing its customers and business partners a disservice.
The tone of Jacobs’s words, however, did something besides defining the organizational standard. By identifying his target with such defiance and emotion, Jacobs declared that anything short of their goal would be judged swiftly and critically. Chiarelli paid for this shortcoming with his job.
Jacobs and team president Cam Neely have chosen this leadership style. They demand results. When results are not met, they make their displeasure known and hold employees accountable. Jacobs and Neely showed on Wednesday that they are in charge. The people below them on the masthead are expected to fall in line.
It is a hard and joyless management approach. It is also a thing of the past.
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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- If you do the math, MLSE is on the hook for $11 million owing to Nonis, Randy Carlyle, Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle. That number increases significantly if you add the $27 million Nathan Horton will be paid not to play for the Leafs. And word is, Leiweke has negotiated a nice going away present when he departs the company. So there is that, too.
- Peter Chiarelli won a Stanley Cup, lost a Stanley Cup, and won a Presidents’ Trophy with the Boston Bruins. After that, he got fired. Had he won and lost a Stanley Cup in Toronto, his name would be in the rafters forever and a statue with his likeness would be built outside the Air Canada Centre.
- This has not been a great season for those who wave the analytic flag in hockey. The Anaheim Ducks, the team that pays the least attention to fancy stats, was among the best in the NHL. The teams that hired analytic departments, Toronto, Edmonton, New Jersey, all fired their coaches and had dreadful seasons. And everybody’s favourite possession team, the Los Angeles Kings, didn’t make the playoffs. Other than that, pretty much all is well
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
... if the hockey gods existed at all, they would have been smiling their faces at a team like the Columbus Blue Jackets, one that didn’t stain the reputation of the league like a few others by deliberately tanking their seasons to get a shot at McDavid.
The Jackets stayed put at No. 8 overall where they’ll get a very good player, but it would have been great poetry had the team that ran one of the best records in the league over the final two months been granted some sort of payoff for that.
Instead, you’ve got an Oilers team that has re-written the definition of ineptitude ever since thrilling their fans with a surprise trip to the 2006 Cup finals. They haven’t made the playoffs since, and are undergoing what, their third rebuild?
"Not fair at all," is how one NHL team executive responded via text Saturday night, his club not in the lottery.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss Connor McDavid, debate Bob Hartley’s fine and react to the results of the NHL Draft Lottery.
Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discuss the latest news around the hockey world, including Jarret Stoll’s arrest, the possible goalie changes in Ottawa and Chicago and some coaching rumours.
added 8:21pm, from NHL.com,
The Edmonton Oilers will pick first in the 2015 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.
The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance, third-best, to win the first pick in the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
The Buffalo Sabres, who had the worst record in the NHL this season, dropped to second. The Arizona Coyotes, who were next to list, fell to third.
It is the fourth time in six seasons the Oilers will pick first.
Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters.
added 8:33pm, video of Bill Daly announcing Edmonton won the lottery is below.
Both road teams, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg need a road win tonight to even their series at one.
Schedule for tonight is below and if you missed the earlier games, Tampa beat Detroit 5-1 and St. Louis defeated Minnesota 4-1. Both of those series are tied at one.
from Jeff Patterson of TSN,
So this much is clear: the series is tied -- and the series is on. Oh, it’s on alright. Friday’s late-game fireworks at Rogers Arena signalled the return of the rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. How any of the five-on-five brawl carries over as the scene shifts to the Saddledome on Sunday remains to be seen, but there is no question that a healthy amount of dislike has been introduced into this Western Canadian showdown. And that’s exactly as it should be at this time of the year, especially between two long-time rivals.
Coming into the series, much was made of the high-end youth on the Calgary Flames – Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and 18-year-old Sam Bennett, but through the first two games of the series, it’s Canucks' prize rookie Bo Horvat who has set the bar for the first-time playoff participants. Horvat nearly blew the roof off Rogers Arena with an electrifying first period end-to-end dash that resulted in a Dennis Wideman delay of game penalty for knocking the puck out of play. The Canucks scored on the ensuing power play to take a 2-0 lead. Horvat later fed fellow freshman, Ronalds Kenins, for the 3-0 goal early in the third period to give the Canucks some breathing room. Horvat, who turned 20 earlier this month, has a point in each of his first two Stanley Cup playoff appearances and sits atop the Canucks post-season scoring derby at this early stage of the proceedings.
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